Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday embarked on a tri-nation tour in Indian Ocean islands of Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka and he is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka on Friday, March 13.
Speaking of the Prime Minister's agenda in Sri Lanka, India's Foreign Secretary Dr. S. Jaishankar said Mr. Modi will arrive in Colombo early in the morning on 13th March and will receive a ceremonial welcome later in the morning.
He will then hold talks with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and his delegation, followed by an exchange or signing of agreements and press statements by the Prime Minister and the President.
Later that morning Prime Minister visits the Maha Bodhi Society with which India has longstanding connections.
Prime Minister Modi will be hosted for a lunch by his Sri Lankan counterpart Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe. The lunch is followed by a meeting with the Prime Minister.
The Indian Premier is scheduled to deliver an address to the Parliament, a rare honor accorded to visiting Heads of Government and Heads of State. After the Parliament address Mr. Modi will meet Members of Parliament.
He will then visit the IPKF Memorial, and pay homage to the IPKF soldiers who sacrificed their lives to ensure the integrity of Sri Lanka.
Later that evening the PM will participate in a business meeting hosted by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
The PM will meet Leader of Opposition Mr. Nimal Siripala de Silva and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. He will also meet representatives of political parties including Tamil National Alliance.
President Sirisena will host a dinner banquet in honor of the visiting Indian PM Friday night.
On the second day of his visit, PM Modi will fly first to Anuradhapura where he would pay tribute to the Sri Maha Bodhi tree and visits the historic city.
After visiting Anuradhapura, the Prime Minister will go to Thalaimannar where he will inaugurate the Thalaimannar pier railway station and flag off a train, opening the Thalaimannar-Madhu segment of the Thalaimannar - Medawchchiya Railway line reconstructed with Indian funds.
Later the PM will visit Jaffna where he would be unveiling the foundation plaque for the Jaffna Cultural Centre.
Following the lunch hosted by the Governor of the Northern Province, the Indian Prime Minister will hand over homes in Jaffna which have been built under the India Housing project for the Internally Displaced Persons.
Upon his return to Colombo from the North, the PM will meet leaders of the Sri Lankan Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) and upcountry estate Tamil parties including the Ceylon Workers Congress.
Later that evening, Mr. Modi will join a reception hosted by the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo, Y.K. Sinha before his departure to New Delhi.